Refugees Coming to the Findhorn Community

Refugees Coming to the Findhorn Community

Findhorn Community Refugee Action Forum is delighted to be working with Ecologia to accept donations for the refugees now beginning to arrive from Ukraine.


The first woman arrived on Sunday 17th April 2022, and a family with three young boys is also expected to arrive soon.

With more Ukrainian families needing a safe place to live, the Refugee Action Forum has now brought Joanie’s bungalow in the Findhorn Ecovillage up to code so it can be used to provide a home for two Ukrainian women with young children.

We are looking to raise £5,000 for the bungalow and refugee support. The funds will help fix, furnish and decorate the bungalow.

We are seeking donations, both monetarily and in help with cleaning, carpentry, painting and gardening in preparation for the families arriving. Please contact Gail Shaw ( to volunteer your skills.

Every penny that we can raise to support our Ukrainian friends is so vitally important to giving them a place that they can feel safe and welcomed in.

You Can Help by Donating Money:
Online at

Simply tick ‘I would like this donation to go to a specific fund’ and select ‘Findhorn Community Refugee Support’

If you are a UK Taxpayer please let us know so we can claim 25% of your donation as Gift Aid and make your donation go even further!

Thank you everyone for your donations.

Ecologia Youth Trust will retain 10% of all donations to help cover the cost of their time managing donations and promoting the project. 

Our fundraising so far…

On Friday 3rd June 2022, we supported the ‘Opening Our Hearts To Peace’ fundraising concert at Kinloss Church were a handful of incredible performers offered song, dance and humour where we were able to raised over £1,000!

On 26th June, we supported the “Hearts Around Ukraine’ Benefit Concert at the Universal Hall in Findhorn.
We’ve still some donations trickling in, but have raised in the region of £5,000 so far!
For those who missed it, we have some good news – You can now view the whole thing on Youtube! So grab your popcorn and don’t forget to donate.

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.